A bunch of business book reviews: 6/14/16

Jun 14, 2016 | Reading Lists

“Leaders are readers.”

Yep, if you want to do that leading thing well, you need to read. One challenge is sorting through all the “leadership” and other business books to find good ones. This post should help. Here are some pointers to reviews of and excepts from recent leadership (in the broadest sense) books.

In this post I point you to reviews of How Math Secretly Affects Your Life, The Third Wave: An Entrepreneur’s Vision of the Future, The Smartest Places on Earth: Why Rustbelts are the Emerging Hotspots of Global Innovation, and ‘Smarter, Faster, Better’: The New Science of Productivity.

From Bill Gates: How Math Secretly Affects Your Life

“I took a lot of math classes in college. I remember Professor Shlomo Sternberg getting up on the first day of his class and telling us we weren’t going to see any numbers other than 0, 1, and 2. I had a great time in that one. Jordan Ellenberg, the author of How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking, studied under Sternberg, but I think I’d like his book even if we didn’t have that in common. On the surface it’s about math, but it’s really about how much math plays into our daily lives without our even knowing it.”

From Ian Hathaway: The Third Wave of digital technology meets the Rustbelt

“Much excitement has been building over what feels like the beginning of an era of immense technological advance, the central role that entrepreneurs will play in its development, and the potential for a wide range of regions to reap the rewards. But progress won’t come easy. Significant challenges are likely to follow as digital technologies expand into relatively untapped areas of the economy. Two excellent books out in as many months—and a quick data analysis here—persuasively drive these points home”

From Wharton: ‘Smarter, Faster, Better’: The New Science of Productivity

“Why are some people so much more productive than others? How can we increase our own productivity? A new book by New York Times reporter and bestselling author Charles Duhigg mines recent scientific findings for the answers.”

Reading recommendations are a regular feature of this blog. Want more recommendations about what to read? Check out my Three Star Leadership blog, Michael McKinney’s LeadingBlog, and Bob Morris’ Blogging on Business.